UPDATE: Bastrop animal cruelty investigation turned over to District Attorney

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BASTROP, La. — UPDATE: (4/23/19) The Bastrop Police Department (BPD) has concluded their investigation into the death of a dog, and has turned it over to the District Attorney’s office.

BPD posted the following statement to their Facebook page on Tuesday morning:

The Bastrop Police Department has been aware of the photo’s circulating on social media concerning the death of a pit bull recently. Our investigation has been concluded and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office at this time. We would like to remind the public that we can not discuss on-going investigations nor release specific details of any investigation. Please use common sense and reason when dealing with any information passed on through social media. Just because it’s on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media outlet doesn’t mean it’s accurate or true. Think before you send text or messages, death threats or threats of bodily harm to any individual will be taken seriously and can lead to the arrest of the individual who sends them.

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ORIGINAL STORY: “I seen him stomp and stab the dog” | Neighbor recalls the horrifying moments he says his neighbor killed his own dog

(4/19/19) “I’m doing this to get justice for this dog here, because that is wrong, that is sad. That dog did not ask to lose his life like that,”

Through tears, Glenda Ricks remembers her neighbor’s dog, Prince. Her son Gerald says he watched in horror, as Prince’s owner killed him.

   “I seen him stomp the dog and I seen him actually stab the dog in his head and on both sides of his rib cage. He was bleeding and their was a pile of guts hanging right there by the front door,” said Gerald Ricks.

Ricks says the ordeal sickened him, but what he says happened next—even more disgusting.

Prince, the dog that neighbors describe as playful and loving was discarded like a piece of garbage in a trash can.

The slaying was so gruesome, we have to heavily blur the picture. Ricks says he was afraid his neighbor would attack him too. 

Ricks removed Prince from the trash can and buried him in the back yard with the help of his brother-in-law.

   “Very sickening to know that my neighbor that’s supposedly been a friend of mine that would do something so, so gruesome to an animal,” said Ricks’ brother-in-law Samuel Stephens.

Taking the advice of animal rights activists, the Ricks family then dug up Prince and took pictures as evidence.

Animal control then removed the body to be examined.

We contacted the owners several times and they did not get back to us.

Bastrop police are investigating the incident as an animal cruelty case and have no additional comment at this time.

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